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Subject: Best Band That Ever Played In A Hockey Rink
Finally - found it! Been looking for this one for a long time, Campers. All blessings and kudos to the tapers - they are the keepers of the flame. Praise and thanks.
Read some reviews and here's a thought. If you to hear it played just about exactly perfect - listen to Justin Bieber. If you want to hear to Magic Materialize before your nose - warts 'n all - listen to the Lads.
There be Princely Music 'neath them warts. Pucker up, kids!!
Jerry can hear,you guys.
Subject: Won't Hear Me Complaining (One For The Ages)!
Read the entirely set of reviews before listening to the show - it's a neat trick to force yourself to listen carefully.
Place me firmly in the 4.5 star category. Bob is way out front, and Garcia is clearly taking special pains on his intricate fingering - two
stand-out elements of this performance that are nicely accentuated by the very high-qality sound.
There is a nice, languid, dreamy, glassy quality
to this show. I've noticed it before when the
boys are physically tired but still horny to play
and their musical intelligence is still in high
The "chromatic wash" effect Bob does in 'Bertha" and Garcia seems to emulate in "China-Rider" is a tonality I have never heard
from them before.
Subject: historical footnote
The word at the show was that there was poison blotter and at least one death. I recall some lamentations in the parking lot and an announcement from the stage to stay away from the "purple blotter acid"...the only time I heard that to happen. It was felt to have an impact on the band, with a subdued first set and a poignant Black Peter. They found the groove with the open, breezy second set leadin sequence, which made the show. Great PITBs on this tour, 4/5, 14, 18.
Mohawk Nation -
Subject: Walked Out
This is the only Dead show I ever walked out of. In my hometown (!!), they stunk that night. By the time they got to China Cat, I had had enough. I went across the street for a beer instead. This was the last show I saw for 7 years, and I thought they were all done after this debacle. Garcia looked like he was going to fall over any second, his leads were tired, weak and disorganized, and the band looked bummed out. Plus - I never could stand Brent Mydland's squeaky high voice, so that was it for me. A lousy show. Don't bother with anything from 1980-1985, IMHO.
March 4, 2008 Update - OK, I felt badly about harshing on the Dead and this period, so I went back and listened to this again, and I pretty much stand by my original review. They weren't great every night and this night - except for Playing in the Band - they sound like they're mailing it in. Sorry.....
mo blotter -
Subject: just like the cherry on top[
my 1st show
we had seats backside left looking across the back of jerry's shoulders
we had some spores (or they had us)
we were running late so i really don't remember the parking lot scene
things didn't seem too much different than at other shows-until the lights went down
funky purple lighting
the band starts and the crowd slowly sprout like plants in the night twisting and contorting to grasp moonlight by which to grow-oh yeah,this was good!
i was green to the scene, but what a wondrous night even though the only tune i knew was the encore jbg
for years i have only had 1st set on tape. thanks man.
this tape has stayed in rotation through the years. it was a long time, i believe, before they ever played deep elem or lazy lightning again, right?
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: PITB -- Music of the Gods
For this one induplicable song. Only the Graterful Dead could capture this raw symphonic blend. Minor sound irritations ~ hiss of second generation, no big deal, and some sloppy Jerry, and others doing their sloppiness, here and there, but so what? This show deserves a full 5 stars, a spectacular effort.
Subject: Oh yeah,
I was there with about 20 other kids from the high school I went to. We were all sitting together and I remember when Black Peter started I turned to my friend and we both just started singin it together. "All of my friends came to see me last night..." Special moment fer sure. So many shows, so many memories.
Subject: No mention of Deep Elem
Iam re-checking out the Deep Elem Blues after the Oct. acoustic run. These electric early 80's versions are rare and sweet. Starting with 11-28-80 and ends sept '83. The 3-9-81 and this show are favorites of mine. This show is peak Dead.
shed your skin -
Subject: Based on Playin'
I'm writing this review based solely upon their reading of "Playin' In The Band," above and beyond it's audience. It is truly serene, and somewhat magical, as if something was being birthed into creation. Powerfully inspiring.
Likely the best Jack Straw I've heard. Rest of show follows suit.
capn doubledose -
Subject: Sympathetic to the guy that bailed early...
Been there before but do not think this show is that beat - We are not talking abt '91 on this is when Madam Tussaud's wax museum was more kicking and Jerry just insulted us with his playing. This has a definate vibe but does trail off from Playin on.
S Gamache..N.H. : ) -
Subject: Shows like this are what kept me following!!
Fantastic!! Really enjoyable, just cant say enough positive things about it. Recording A+ 82 was a great year..Im luvin these archives.. I myself have only been late for 2 rocknroll shows : )
Subject: Just love this China-Rider
There is a scetion right before Rider that sounds like the early seventies jam they used to do-It is a fabulous segue jam, and very different for its time. have a listen
Subject: Just Loving....
I am just loving the openning comments from Bob..... he is asking where is the rest of the rythm section.......late late late ...My band we always had slackers.......lol...I love this ...how human The Grateful Dead are human go figure..... No pedistal needed....dig it... Peace to the FAMILY ...wowzers.... Daniel... OH shit bye the way SPACE IS JUST LOVELY...Into the wheel C`MON NOW ...
A straight on ahead 1982 show. Pretty good sound. The guitars are well articulated and everyone puts out a strong effort. Jerry and the others put a real 'bounce' into this show. This show and its sound make you appreciate how much Bobby brought with his guitar, too. And I love when Brent was still understated.
Yes, the China Rider is good and I like it a lot but Jerry could play a good version of that number in his sleep (which he practically does, later on). Yes, the Jack Straw is good but, IMHO, nothing beats Philadelphia, August 1980 (if we could ever get a better sound, that is).
Purple Gel -
Subject: Good show
This is a nice solid show, great Jack Straw, Red Rooster, and a solid 2nd set. If you want to hear a stellar glen falls show, try 5-8-80, one of the best upstate NY shows ever. In response to the bad review below, i can't believe that you walked on this show and stayed throughout the 8-31-79 show in the same venue, now that was a dog of a show.
Jerryness Is Good -
Subject: YOU ARE FOOLISH
Jack Sraw here is one of the hottest Dead
jams of all time. Period. Thereafter, the entire
show get a 5.
Everyone has their own opinion of when the Dead were no longer "the Dead"...to say that 68-72 is the be all and end all of the Dead at their peak is a bit ludicrous...1982 is a solid year from the Dead...check out the China-Rider and the Playin' in the Band, both are jammed out to some length and are two of the better version for the era...I would say go to 4-17-18-19 for better shows...
Subject: Wow. This last guys review is just WRONG
OK....I challenge anyone to listen to just Jack Straw, the first song, and tell me that this guy below me has just a damn overly critical approach to this band. I almost didn't listen to this because of this guys inflated negativity. I grew up in Glens Falls and any bar across the street was a DIVE...haha. so this clown was....ok, I'll stop...Do they have 7 stars?
Subject: c'mon y'all
If you are paying lots of attnetion to every litle note jerry plays you will either A). be very happy and dance your ass off, or B .) be overly critical and miss the point and the fact that;Jerry was unique in classical evaluation standards, as is Dylan, but as the previous viewer rightly points out, I would take any night to see JG play live.
This show is a hot night in many respects and I will not repeat everything others have said- china cat is very tight!. But from what I hear on my WMP, I like it. Downloaded it, game: set: match. add in, hot show. BUT only 4 stars and if I had to break it up 2 for sound and 2 for strong integrity to the dead's legacy of hot shows.
The sound is 'turned up' so its mixed a little high on the volume but that okay and the keyboards- although sometimes overly busy and again, loud-shine through nicely and JG is turned up- classic example is the china cat and rider jams.
Right on. Sound quality A-
Subject: Please Listen to Classic Dead!
I'm not sure how shows like this can get 5 stars -- the music is just not that good anymore. 1977 was the last year that had any consistency, and that was still past peak. This music needs to be compared to something else, because if it is compared with any show (even not a standout) from 1968-72, it just can't be better than 2 stars. I'm not talking about sound quality -- I'm talking about creativity and energy.
Subject: My God People
okay....just cause jerry messes up alot doesn't make it a bad show... I'd like to see any one of you pull off as many years as the dead with no misstakes... I give all dead sets 5 stars for courage and integrety. They have mastered the art of music and waves. If anyone can top them...then you can bitch... untill then....listen to the music play :)
Subject: Karma jakiebum
It is I. Is that Molo? Alive, and sometimes well in CA. Call it a South-o-Poughkeepsie accent then. Some memories did not survive...who's Monica? Is there a way to parlay outside this post.
Subject: ltnewk - kharma ;-D
Thomas, is that you ? Where you been Bub ? We're pushing 20 years now. I thought that was a Long Island accent ! Where's Monica ?
Disregard the old double post, listening to pre-Brent Spartan stadium rehearshal space and understanding the frequency...
The Bopper -
Subject: don't agree
I saw seven reviews with all with five stars so I got this one right away. What a disappointment. The Jackstraw is nice, but the energy doesn't continue into TLEO. To me they sounded sloppy for most of the first set, and on a few occasions I noticed Garcia gets hung up in the middle of his solo runs, and has to keep starting over. And the sound isn't that spectacular either. While Jerrys guitar is loud, the rest of the band isn't. And like many shows from '82, the vocals are too high in the mix. I did like the second set more, especially the China rider and the Playin.
Subject: great sound
ok, so I wasn't there. This is still an awesome show with really key playing etc... all around. The capper is the sound. Truly one of the 5 best out of the 100-150 I've copied in the last 2 weeks [if not THE best]!!!
Git it!!! Now!!! How do I put six stars?
Subject: I was there man!
Man I was there! Man this was the show! I got it all man!
Subject: Country Dead
I have had the first set tape (SBD) of this show for years. Nice to see it here. As for that usless tidbit, LMAO!!!!!
There's one in every crowd. I would give a $1MM to expierence that now.
A must have IMO.
Subject: get this show
Do your self a favor and d/l this show! The whole show smokes. If you like 1985 shows I strongly suggest you check out 1982. Best sound boards from any year, the last year Garcia's voice was still good, and the playing was inspired. This show and the run of shows in August is one of the bands peaks.
Subject: Great Show
This show was great from begining to last. The China-Rider is the high point and is hard to beat. Quality is great also well worth the time.